NDDC probe: Senate tells Buhari to sack IMC as corruption uncovered

NDDC probe: Senate tells Buhari to sack IMC as corruption uncovered

- President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to terminate the appointment of the current NDDC IMC

- The recommendation was made after the Senate probe panel uncovered various financial infractions in the board

- The upper chamber also urged the president to relocate NDDC from the Niger Delta ministry

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As the probe into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) hit the potent point, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to sack the agency's interim management committee led by Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.

The Senate called for the IMC dissolution during a plenary on Thursday, July 23, after the probe panel led by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi said it discovered various financial infractions and reckless spendings in the account of the commission.

The upper legislative chamber also recommended that the NDDC should be relocated back to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for proper supervision.

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NDDC probe: Senate tells Buhari to sack IMC as corruption uncovered
President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to dissolve the current NDDC IMC. Credit: The Nation.
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"In conclusion, the Committee noted that it is difficult to find a correlation between Niger Delta community development and cash invested in the zone.

"Continued cash injection in the Niger Delta challenge issue has not worked under the various IMCs.

“It may be useful at this juncture for the Government to intervene by stepping down the EIMC (Executive Interim Management Committee), thereby helping them leave the stage for a properly constituted board with specific mandate to address the pains of the Niger Delta people," part of the submission of the probe panel read.

It would be recalled that more revelations emerged in the ongoing probe into the reckless spending of the NDDC on Thursday.

The Nigerian Senate disclosed that since 2015 when the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government took over till 2019, the commission has spent about N1.3 trillion.

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The Adetunmbi-led probe panel said most of the spendings were extra-budgetary, adding that errors and infractions, as well as substantial payments, were made to staff in the form of unjustifiable allowances.

According to the committee's findings, N4.9 billion was shared by staff of the commission for numerous allowances including Covid-19 palliative, overseas travel, and international scholarships.

The upper chamber also called on the commission to refund the N4.923billion it paid to staff and contractors in breach of the procurement process and approvals.

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